New to fundraising? We’ve got you covered.
FIA’s new Fundraising Essentials course teaches you what you really need to know.

Created for new fundraisers just like you, Fundraising Essentials is the ‘101’ of fundraising. It teaches you what you really need to know about fundraising, all wrapped neatly into a one day course.

Packed full of practical information and tools, you’ll walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate the mass of fundraising information available and run effective fundraising programs.

Fundraising Essentials has been written by education specialists and senior fundraising professionals. The course is delivered by professional tutors whom are also experienced fundraisers, so they’ve been there, done that. It’s the perfect opportunity to draw on their experience!

Attending the course also gives you the chance to meet other new fundraisers, feel part of the sector and build your networks.

“I think the Fundraising Essentials course covers everything a first time fundraiser needs to know and would definitely recommend it to others. It helped me to gain a good understanding of basic fundraising principles, so I could hit the ground running in my role. It was great to learn from the knowledge and experience of someone who is actually working in the sector.  The day also offered us networking opportunities with other fundraisers and it was eye-opening to hear what other charities do, and the daily struggles and triumphs they experience. Since completing the course I feel like I have been able to implement and utilise the tools and learnings received to ensure that I act professionally, ethically and successfully as a fundraiser. Fundraising Essentials has helped my career immensely.”

 - Victoria Andrews, Community Relationships Manager, Cerebral Palsy League.


The course is delivered via both presentations and workshops and topic areas include:
Session Name
Session Description
Overview of Philanthropy in Australia   
Describes the landscape for fundraising in Australia and the role of the fundraiser.
Accountability and Ethics Outlines the key legislative and ethical responsibilities of fundraisers and non-profit organisations.
Reasons and Vehicles for Giving Details the major reasons people give and the types of fundraising programs and vehicles. Explore the role of relationship building in fundraising.
Core Resources for Fundraisers Covers case resources, the Fundraising Cycle and use of data to support fundraising.
Understanding and Working with Your Constituency Learn how to use fundraising models to work with donors, prospects and other supporters.
Additional Resources

Students will also receive two written resources which detail key fundraising terms, where to find sector information, professional development options and other relevant information.

First Round 2013 Workshops

Adelaide Wednesday 5 June
Brisbane Wednesday 12 June
Canberra Friday 7 June
Melbourne Monday 17 June
Perth Friday 14 June
Sydney Tuesday 4 June
The course will also run in Sydney on Tuesday 12th November and in Melbourne on Friday 15th November. If you would like to be added to the priority list for these later dates, or would like to express interest for a Hobart course, please click here.
(includes Staff of Organisational Members)
Non Member $495
New Registration